May 10th, 2012
The gospel according to Bellmont girls track coach Carl Risch was simple.
Risch knew his Squaws wouldn't win many dual or triangular meets this year because of a lack of depth that allows other teams to roll up points with second, third, and fourth place finishes.
But when it comes to tournaments and bigger events like Tuesday nights Northeast Hoosier Conference tournament, Risch knew he had a special nucleus and that Bellmont would be a team to be reckoned with.
At this week's meeting of the North Adams School Board, Superintendent Dr. Wylie Sirk brought the board up to speed on the reorganization process of the Adams-Wells Special Services Cooperative program.
The group, which involves three school districts in both Adams and Wells Counties, will all be affected by several resolutions (which will need to be passed by all six school boards to be effective).
The South Adams Schools Corporation moved forward with the sale of the former elementary school property, located at the corner of US 27 and SR 218 in Berne, when a purchase and sale agreement was signed at this week's board meeting.
A bid of $747,300 was accepted at the end of March from CDI Development Services, LLC, which was the only bid received.
Courtesy Motors, participating in the national Chevy Baseball program, is sponsoring Decatur Baseball for the second straight year, furnishing a host of equipment, funds, and 2,000 raffle tickets towards top prizes, and can be used for $25 off service and a car wash at Courtesy Motors. All proceeds from the tickets, which are being sold for $5 each, goes to the Decatur Baseball organization. (Photo provided)
Lester H. Burkhart Jr, 89, of Decatur, died Monday, May 7, 2012, at Woodcrest Nursing Center.
Lester was born on August 23, 1922, in Dexter, Kansas, to the late Lester H. Burkhart Sr and Hazel (Fornshell) Burkhart. On April 6, 1947, he married Emma Kathleen Fennig. Lester was a member of Zion United Church of Christ and served as a trustee for 3½ years. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 43 and the Moose Lodge 1311 both in Decatur.
With incumbent Republicans in three countywide offices — auditor, treasurer and recorder — sent to the sidelines at the end of the current year by state-mandated term limits, a trio of first-time GOP candidates picked up victories and earned their party's nominations during Tuesday's primary election balloting.
Going green at the North Adams Community Schools will have a slightly different meaning for administrators, non-certified personnel, and transportation department employees as the North Adams School Board approved a two percent pay increase on their base salary.
The action approved Tuesday night at the monthly NA board meeting will result in approximately $50,000 more, but Superintendent Dr. Wylie Sirk told members that money for the increase is already in the general fund and will not cause a problem.
Tuesday evening was particularly bittersweet for one victorious candidate in the Republican race for a seat on the Adams County Council.
Tony Mellencamp of Berne topped a five-member field in Tuesday's primary election balloting, securing his party's nomination for one of three at-large seats. When the results were announced, however, Mellencamp's wife Kaye was lying in serious condition in a Fort Wayne hospital bed after having been rushed there Tuesday morning when she reportedly suffered a brain aneurism.
Bellmont second baseman Matt Stidam shocked the New Haven Bulldogs in the bottom of the seventh inning when he delivered a 1-0 fastball over the left-field fence to lift the Braves in walk-off fashion to a 4-3 win against their talented NHC rivals on Tuesday night at the Teepee.
After trailing for most of the game, Bellmont tied the score at 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning and neither team scored again until Stidam's lead-off jack to end the game.
WOODBURN—The Starfires traveled to Woodlan High School on Tuesday night in an ACAC clash with the Warriors and came away with an explosion of offense resulting in a 12-1 victory in six innings.
After a scoreless top of the first, Woodlan looked to be headed for a good night when they scored their only run, which came off of Starfire errors, but South Adams would not go scoreless in an inning again.